Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for your great suggestions and birthday wishes. Vegas is a great place to celebrate a birthday.
Unfortunately, we were there at the height of the summer tourist season, so most of the big shows were booked for the days we were there, including "Circus", "Celine", and "The Blue Man Group"........but we had a great time none the less and definitely plan to go back next summer.
We are about 6 hours from Las Vegas, so we decided to drive and enjoy the vista of the Mojave Desert........truly beautiful. We stayed at the "Luxor" which is amazing, a history of Egypt from the moment you walk in. The "Excaliber" and "Mandalay Bay" are connected to the "Luxor" by moving walkways, so we spent the first day and a half in just these three hotels.
The first night, we were able to get tickets to "Catch A Rising Star", a comedy club that featured three comedians....very good. Mandalay Bay has the largest underground aquarium in North America, so because my hubby is a big "fish" buff, we spent an hour there.........this place is big with full size sharks, alligators, etc.
We spent most of the second day at Hoover Dam. We booked a tour jeep and guide and spent an hour just traveling up and down the various walkways on the dam itself. The temp at the dam Tuesday was 118 degrees in the shade!!!!
The Excaliber features a Medival jousting/dinner show which was fun. I've been to similar ones in L.A. and this one was first rate (love eating my food which my fingers).....It was a great way to spend the evening, and cheaper then gambling.
Yes, we gambled some, not a lot. I think over the three days were were there I lost about $25.00....a "high roller" I am not!
We also walked "the strip" which was insightful in itself, and met people from all over the world. It's a great vacation place, but I'm glad to be home!!! 42